Off-duty officer shot 3 times during robbery/home invasion

Off-duty officer shot 3 times during robbery/home invasion

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    Off-duty officer shot 3 times during robbery/home invasion

    She was being escorted to her car at 1:10 a.m. by her boyfriend when they were approached and forced back into the house they had just left. Multiple shots fired, no mention of anyone other than the BG's having a gun.

    2 arrested in deadly home invasion that critically injured a police officer and hurt a firefighter - STLtoday.com

    2 arrested in deadly home invasion that critically injured a police officer and hurt a firefighter
    By Carolyn Tuft and Kim Bell
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/05/2009

    Updated: 2:23 p.m. Monday

    ST. LOUIS -- A teenager who went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the hand and a 22-year-old man have been arrested in the deadly home invasion that killed a nurse and critically wounded an off-duty St. Louis policewoman early today, police said.

    Police identified the woman who was shot to death as Gina Stallis, 34, of the 6300 block of Juniata Street. Stallis was a popular registered nurse in the oncology department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis.

    Co-worker John Waldmann, 33, also of St. Louis, said he worked at the medical center with Stallis for the past five years. He said that Stallis has two two children -- ages 7 and 9.

    "Her children were her life, and she did anything she could for them," Waldmann said. "She was a good person. Those of us here at the hospital will deeply miss her personality."

    St. Louis police said that about 1:10 a.m. today, a 27-year-old off-duty police officer was being escorted to her car by her 29-year-old boyfriend as she left a house in the 900 block of Hickory Street, just south of downtown St. Louis. The couple were approached by two gunmen, who forced them back inside the home they had just left. Six more people were inside, police said.

    The two suspects then announced a robbery. Then, police said, a struggle ensued and the officer was shot at least three times -- twice in the chest and once in the leg. She is listed in critical condition at a local hospital after undergoing surgery this morning.

    "The Metropolitan Police Department extends our thoughts and prayers to our officer and all those involved in the incident," according to a police department press release.

    The officer's boyfriend, a firefighter working on his Emergency Medical Technician license, was shot once in the neck. He is at a local hospital and is in serious condition. Police are not releasing the name of the boyfriend or the off-duty officer, who had been on the force for nearly two years. She graduated from the Police Academy in late 2007.

    Stallis, who was inside the house, was shot once in the chest and died at a hospital, police said.

    None of the other victims were injured and "at this point it does not appear anyone inside the residence returned fire," according to police. The home on Hickory is a large home and the residence of the police officer's mother, grandmother and other relatives, a family friend said. The officer's grandmother takes care of the Maronite Church of St Raymond's.

    Still a mystery, therefore, is how the 16-year-old suspect's hand was shot. The suspect arrived for treatment of his wound at an area hospital. Police did not say whether detectives believe he was shot by his accomplice. The teen suspect was released and then was taken into juvenile custody by police.

    A short time later, police spotted a second person matching the description of the second gunmen in a vehicle near the Kingshighway entrance to Forest Park, police said. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested. In the vehicle, police found two weapons and property stolen from the home during the invasion on Hickory Street, police said.

    Police will not release the names of the suspects until they are charged with a crime.

    St. Louis Police Lt. Col. Reggie Harris told reporters there was no indication that the officer or anyone else at the home was targeted.

    "It was a crime of opportunity," he said.

    Hickory is south of downtown in the city's La Salle neighborhood. The neighborhood is bounded by Chouteau Avenue on the north, Tucker Boulevard on the west and Interstate 55 on the southeast.


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    Sad. The perps need to fry. Both of them.
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    Where's the LEO's weapon?

    I hope they recover. I have to wonder--where was the LEO's off-duty weapon or BUG???
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    St. Louis Police Lt. Col. Reggie Harris told reporters there was no indication that the officer or anyone else at the home was targeted.

    "It was a crime of opportunity," he said.
    The bottom line...And neither the officer or anyone else was carrying.

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    Sad deal, hope that the BG's will pay severly.

    You would think in St. Louis the cop and the rest of the folks would know better.
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    Maybe she was drinking, so she wasn't carrying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-JB View Post
    Maybe she was drinking, so she wasn't carrying...
    Don't want to have any accidents, guns and alcohol you know......I'm just sayin'

    These young dirtbags will now pay for the rest of their lives...I hope!
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    They were going to their car, so hopefully there had been no drinking. If you Google Earth the address, you can see some very clear views of the structures on the street and the surrounding area. Certainly doesn't look like a place to be casual about your surroundings. Since these people are professional public safety types, I have to believe they were aware of the nature of the neighborhood.

    Therefore, I wonder if the perps were in ambush. Perhaps they were walking by and noticed the gathering inside this house. It was a nice night and if the windows were open, passers by could easily hear a group of people talking. Then they decided to wait for someone to depart.

    I am pretty sure a police officer in St. Louis would not let someone walk up on her outside at 1:00am without all the alarm bells going off. Especially in the Lasalle neighborhood. According to the St Louis PD, 205 crimes took place in Lasalle the first nine months of 2009. Including 20 on Hickory Street/Place, the location of this murder. St. Louis crime reports - STLtoday.com
    The Lasalle neighborhood does not appear to be more than a few blocks wide and long.

    If they are waiting in ambush in the dark, what is a person to do?

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    This is chilling. There is an update.Terror struck four generations in deadly home invasion - STLtoday.com
    Terror struck four generations in deadly home invasion
    By Carolyn Tuft
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/06/2009
    Updated: 11:26 a.m.

    ST. LOUIS -- A murder victim in a home invasion had just gotten out of the hospital when she was dragged by her hair, at gunpoint, through the house to wake up family members and show the robbers where the family's treasures were hidden, her uncle told the Post-Dispatch today.

    One of the friends in the home was an off-duty policewoman, who didn't have her gun. But when the two gunmen tried to herd the entire family into the basement of the home on Hickory Street, the policewoman fought back. In that struggle, the gunmen started firing. That's when Gina Stallis, 34, was shot and killed. The cop and firefighter were seriously hurt by gunfire, and a teenage robber was shot in the hand.


    Murder victim Gina Stallis (Courtesy of KMOV-TV)


    While the struggle continued, Stallis' mother, Rose Whitrock, ran out of the house and tried to get a neighbor to help but no one would, said Mark Whitrock, 50, of Wentzville, Stallis' uncle. A neighbor woman came to her door, but refused to let Stallis' mother use a phone to call police, Whitrock said.

    "I think the police officer is a hero," Whickrock said. "Had she had her gun with her, those suspects would have never gotten into that house."

    The police officer, 27, who is not being identified by police, is in critical condition at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Her boyfriend, a 29-year-old firefighter, is in stable condition at a hospital from a gunshot wound to the neck.

    Because the family members were able to give police such a vivid description of the men, police quickly arrested the two suspects. The 16-year-old boy was arrested after being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his hand. His alleged accomplice was arrested in a car minutes later. Inside the car police found loot from the home where Stallis was killed, in the 900 block of Hickory Street.

    The older suspect -- Mario Coleman, 22, of the 5300 block of Cabanne Avenue -- was charged Monday night with 12 felonies, including the murder of Stallis. He's being held in jail on a $1 million, cash-only bail. The 16-year-old boy is in juvenile custody. Police won't release his name unless he is charged as an adult.

    The crime spree began about 1 a.m. Monday when the police officer and her boyfriend, Stallis' cousin, were leaving the home on Hickory. They had come to visit Stallis, a registered nurse who had just been released from the hospital for the flu, the uncle said.

    "Gina was staying with her mother and grandmother who told her to stay with them so they could help watch her two boys while she recouperated," Whitrock said today. "We are a real tight family. When one person is sick, the others all come together to help."

    When Stallis opened the door, two gunmen were standing there pointing a gun at the three, Whitrock said.

    "I think these guys saw the police officer and her boyfriend come to the home and waited for them to leave," Whitrock said.

    Whitrock was not in the home, but he provided this account to the Post-Dispatch based on what relatives who were there told him.

    The gunmen forced the three back into the house and two female suspects followed the gunmen in, Whitrock said. The older gunman grabbed Stallis by the hair, put a gun to her head and started dragging her through the house, he said. The gunman was trying to find everyone in the house, Whitrock said.

    His accomplice, meanwhile, held a gun on the police officer and the firefighter.

    Stallis and the gunman entered the bedroom of Stallis' mother, Rose Whitrock, who was sleeping in bed with Stallis' younger son, Benjamin, 7, Whitrock said. Rose was sound asleep. Stallis tried to wake her.

    "Rose said, 'What do you want?' Gina said, 'Mom, you don't understand. You have to get up!' " Whitrock said. "Then Rose saw the shiny gun."

    Benjamin sat up in bed. "Rose said, 'Honey, you have to lay back down.' She wanted to protect her grandson," Whitrock said.

    The gunman then dragged Stallis by her hair into Stallis' grandmother's room. The grandmother was sleeping next to Stallis' 9-year-old son, Samuel, Whitrock said. Stallis woke up the grandmother and the gunman directed them all into a room. One gunmen held those six -- the police officer, her boyfriend, Stallis' mother, Stallis grandmother and Stallis' two sons -- at gunpoint.

    The other gunman then dragged Stallis into every room to gather up jewelry and other valuable items, Whitrock said. He demanded money. Stallis had only $9 in her purse. Then, the gunmen decided to steal a big-screen television, Whitrock said, and they forced Stallis to carry it downstairs by herself, he said.

    "It took two men to carry it up there but these two gunmen made Gina carry the television by her self down those steps," Whitrock said. "She was so weak from just getting out of the hospital, but she did everything they asked her to do."

    After gathering the loot, Whitrock said that the two gunmen then ordered the family into the basement.

    "The police officer feared that if they put everyone in the basement, they would kill them, that's what I think," Whitrock said. "The officer said, 'Oh, no. You're not getting us in the basement.' That's when the older suspect shoved the officer against the wall because it made him mad."

    Whitrock said the officer came out fighting and "she was flat kicking his butt. Then everybody started fighting and the shooting started."

    Rose Whitrock was able to sneak out a kitchen door outside to run for help from her neighbors.

    "No one would come out to help her," Whitrock said. "Finally, I think one lady came to the door but wouldn't let her use the phone. At that point, Rose heard sirens. Police were on their way. When Rose got back in the house, she found her daughter bleeding to death."

    The suspects had taken off with the loot.

    Whitrock said that the family had lived for "years and years" in the three-story house because they were very involved in the St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral across the street.

    "Rose's mother is the treasurer at St. Raymond's," Whitrock said. "Their church is their life."

    Whitrock says he thinks he knows why the family was targeted. "They have a very nice home and I think they are one of the only white families on that block," he said.

    Whitrock said there had been other problems with criminals at the Hickory Street family home. He said his brother, Stallis' father, had parked a brand-new car out front a few years ago and someone lit a rag that had been put into the gas tank to try to blow it up. Stallis' father died about two years ago.

    Whitrock said his family is shaken by Monday's deadly attack.

    "It's pretty bad when you aren't safe in your own home," Whitrock said. "Then you have these two animals -- with no regard for human life and no ambition to go out and earn an honest living like Rose's kids did -- come in and take it all from you."

    Stallis' was a registered nurse in the oncology department at the John Cochran VA Medical Center. Her uncle said that she battled stomach cancer as a child and won.

    "It was then that she decided that she wanted to grow up to help people," Whitrock said. "She would help anybody, no matter who you were. Those two animals who did this to her didn't have to kill anyone. Gina did everything they told her to do."

    Stallis funeral is being handled by Kutis Funeral home. Stallis has two brothers -- Joseph, a St. Louis firefighter, and Christopher, a construction worker.

    Police declined to comment on what role the two female suspects who entered the house with the gunmen played in the crime.

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    They had completed the robbery and were herding the four generations of the family into the basement. Something told the victims the time to cooperate had past. Probably saved all their lives.

    How about the neighbors who wouldn't help.

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    That first story was so poorly written I had to re-read it three times to tell there were two attacks. One on the nurse, and one on the police officer.
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    That's truly horrible. Both BG's and their female accomplices should be executed under the felony murder law. I doubt they will be, but they should be.

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    Thats terrible,thats why even cops need to carry 24/7,you never know when it could happen and a badge in your pocket or purse with no gun won't save you.My prayers go out to the kids and family
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    Heart Breaking!

    All those people who have devoted their lives to helping people and these pieces of human excrement decide to take the rewards of their hard work from them to the to the point of shooting and killing them.

    I doubt the BG's will get what they deserve.

    But I certainly hope they do!

    Public hanging would be deservedly fair in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiwee View Post
    They were going to their car, so hopefully there had been no drinking. If you Google Earth the address, you can see some very clear views of the structures on the street and the surrounding area. Certainly doesn't look like a place to be casual about your surroundings. Since these people are professional public safety types, I have to believe they were aware of the nature of the neighborhood.
    One would think so, but apparently she didn't consider it threatening enough to be armed.

    Quote Originally Posted by tiwee View Post
    Therefore, I wonder if the perps were in ambush. Perhaps they were walking by and noticed the gathering inside this house. It was a nice night and if the windows were open, passers by could easily hear a group of people talking. Then they decided to wait for someone to depart.

    I am pretty sure a police officer in St. Louis would not let someone walk up on her outside at 1:00am without all the alarm bells going off. Especially in the Lasalle neighborhood. According to the St Louis PD, 205 crimes took place in Lasalle the first nine months of 2009. Including 20 on Hickory Street/Place, the location of this murder. St. Louis crime reports - STLtoday.com
    The Lasalle neighborhood does not appear to be more than a few blocks wide and long.
    That's a lot of crime for such a small area.

    Quote Originally Posted by tiwee View Post
    If they are waiting in ambush in the dark, what is a person to do?
    Had she been armed, she would have had another option. Perhaps she could have waited until the one was searching the house for loot, and maybe she could have caught the other guy offguard.

    Anything beats the options she had, which was H2H with armed intruders.

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    They had completed the robbery and were herding the four generations of the family into the basement. Something told the victims the time to cooperate had past. Probably saved all their lives.
    Agreed about her refusal to be taken down to the basement since she suspected they would all be killed down there. Good for her for deciding to fight rather than hope they wouldn't be executed. Too bad she wasn't armed, as confirmed by the second article.

    She woke up that morning and decided she didn't need to be armed off-duty. She was wrong, almost dead wrong for her at this time (in critical condition).

    Even if I didn't carry everyday, I wouldn't get within 15 miles of that neighborhood unarmed.

    Quote Originally Posted by tiwee View Post
    How about the neighbors who wouldn't help.
    Probably afraid to open the door and get involved.

    Something else from the updated story caught my attention:
    The gunmen forced the three back into the house and two female suspects followed the gunmen in, Whitrock said.
    The suspects may have looked like two couples outside, 2 guys and 2 girls, which may have resulted in them appearing less of a threat than 2 males by themselves. I might have been lulled into thinking they were 2 harmless couples myself. Let this be a warning to me and others to not let our guards down even if females/supposed couples are present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt58 View Post
    Heart Breaking!

    All those people who have devoted their lives to helping people....
    Good observation. A nurse, a firefighter, and a police officer - all occupations that want to improve and protect society. What a tragedy.

    You wonder what the constraints are on the legal system that allows this type of repeat offender be released. Must be lack of prisons. The police and prosecutors had rung up two felony convictions in the last two years, but he was still on the street. Something's wrong in St Louis or in Missouri and needs fixin.

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